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Our mission

The Good Governance Institute (GGI) exists to help create a fairer, better world. Our part in this is to support those who run the organisations that can and do shape our world.

We work to make sure that organisations are run by the most talented, skilled and ethical leaders possible and work to build fair systems that consider all, use evidence, are guided by ethics and thereby take the best decisions.

Good governance of all organisations, from the smallest charity to the greatest public institution, benefits society as a whole. It enables organisations to play their part in building a sustainable, better future for all.


The Good Governance Institute is dedicated to researching, writing about and sharing information on best practice in governance.

Our roots are from within the UK NHS, but GGI has been working independently since 2009.

Our focus has developed from our early beginnings in healthcare into other sectors such as higher education, the third sector, commercial organisations, housing associations, the arts, sports and professional bodies etc. and we are increasingly building our work internationally too.

The Institute plays a leading part in various international networks as well as promoting our work through publications and meetings.


The work of our Institute is supported by our ethical management consultancy.

We help boards with governance reviews, systems work, investigations, board development, strengthening their governance and more.

We take a collaborative approach to consultancy, we work with you. For over a decade we have been providing help and support to boards across the NHS, broader public sector and third sector on good governance. Find out more about our consultancy services.

Our consultancy work is enriched by our work as an Institute and the two form a mutually beneficial ecosystem.

This work ensures that all our knowledge management publications are freely available to all, and that apart from a few selected events, such as overseas studies tours, our events are usually free to participants.

Free advisory service

We provide a free advisory service.

And an academy

We also run an academy through which we provide specialist training and support.

Annual Festival of Governance

Every year we host an annual Festival of Governance.

Original thinking and the sharing of ideas is what our festival is all about. Contributors explore how we can change our mindset, culture, and systems to deliver better governance, a fairer world and improved outcomes for people.

Each year our festival revolves around a different theme, traditionally announced on Good Friday. This year the theme is 'Good governance because fairer is better'.


We set up the National Commission, an independent project focused on exploring the future of public sector governance.

The commission aims to influence policy at a national level. Through its work, we want to stimulate fresh thinking, promote discussion and identify practical actions that will strengthen governance.

Read the latest insight from our Institute

We are known for our specialist governance improvement consultancy.

Who we have worked with

Usman Khan

Special advisor

About Usman

Professor Andrew Corbett-Nolan

Chief Executive

About Andrew

Fenella McVey

Senior consultant

About Fenella

Janice Smith

Senior consultant

About Janice

Simon Hall

Principal Consultant

About Simon

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